The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0366 Friday, 10 September 2010
From: Jean-Christophe MAYER <
Date: Friday, 3 Sep 2010 12:43:02 +0200
Subject: Conference Announcement: Shakespearean Configurations
An International Symposium on Shakespearean Forms from the 16th to the 21st century
Salle Jourda, Batiment de Recherche Marc Bloch (BRED)
University of Montpellier (France),
Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October 2010
Jointly organised and funded by the Universities of Montpellier (IRCL), York and Bergen
Shakespearean Configurations is a follow-up from last year's conference held at the University of
York (UK) during which participants took a fresh look at configurations-and reconfigurations-of
Shakespeare from the first quartos to the most recent visual incarnations. They also offered new
materials and new approaches for studying the packaging of the plays and poems through time, between
cultures and across media.
The theme of the conference was prompted by two sweeping developments in Shakespeare studies: the
sustained attack on the idea of an authentic, original text produced by a single, isolated author;
and a corresponding attention to the reformulation and assimilation of Shakespeare's texts in
cultures very different from the one in which they were created.
Participants in this year's conference are invited to continue investigating these themes. They are
also encouraged to explore more specifically the relation between the editing and/or configuring of
Shakespeare's works through time and the various ways in which these works were appropriated by
readers and audiences.
Contributors will employ a range of materials, including early printed versions, bindings,
illustrated editions and paintings, library and museum collections, stage sets and later forms
including photography and Manga Shakespeare.
Agnes Lafont and Jean-Christophe Mayer, Montpellier
Bill Sherman, York
Stuart Sillars, Bergen
Contact and registration :
Wednesday 29 September
Theatrical Adaptations and Configurations
Atsuhiko Hirota (Kyoto University), "Kingdoms of Tate's Lear and Shakespeare's Lear: A Restoration
Reconfiguration of Archipelagic Kingdoms"
Agnes Lafont (University of Montpellier), "Mythological Reconfigurations on the Contemporary Stage:
Giving A New Voice to Philomela in Titus Andronicus"
Varsha Panjwani (University of York), "'What is the chance?': Shakespeare fighting for limelight at
Florence March (University of Avignon), "Richard II in la cour d'honneur of the Popes' Palace,
Festival d'Avignon 2010"
Thursday 30 September
Visual Configurations: Painting, Architecture, Photography, Mangas
Dympna Callaghan (Syracuse University), "From the Colossal to the Diminutive: Anthony and Cleopatra
Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen), "Photography and Victorian Shakespeare"
Svenn-Arve Myklebost (University of Bergen), "Abbreviation and Ekphrasis: Iconotextual Shakespeare
Textual Configurations: Editing, Publishing, Educating
Bill Sherman (University of York), "Standing upon Points: Re-configuring Shakespeare's Punctuation"
Erica Sheen (University of York), "Un-American Shakespeare" (title t.b.c.)
Sarah Stanton (Cambridge University Press), "Publishing Shakespeare"
Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford), " 'Read it, but buy it first': Buying Shakespeare"
Planning Session - The Future of the Shakespeare Configured Project
Friday 1 October
The Material Text-Reading, Collecting, Curating
Jean-Christophe Mayer (CNRS and University of Montpellier), "Shakespeare and the Order of Books"
Alan H. Nelson (University of California at Berkeley), "Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: The Next
Noriko Sumimoto (Meisei University, Tokyo), "Updating Folios: Customising Readers' Reconfigurations
Jeffrey Knight (University of Michigan), "Shakespeare's Early Curators"
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